Kenyon College

Kiki Smith (American, b. 1954)


Kiki Smith (American, b. 1954, Nuremburg, Germany) has been a fixture of the international art world since the 1970s. She is the daughter of Tony Smith, a prominent minimalist sculptor, and Jane Lawrence, an opera singer. From an early age, Smith was surrounded by the art of the minimalists and abstract expressionists. Smith explores topics such as feminism, Catholicism, social justice, and the intersection of the natural world and the self, using two- and three- dimensional mediums. Although she is primarily known for her sculptures, Smith has spoken at length about the importance of printmaking. Since making her first monotypes in the late 70s, she has explored many different types of print technology. Smith’s award-winning work has been exhibited in museums such as MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Smith lives and works in New York City. She has been represented by the Pace Gallery since 1994.

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